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Five Front Door Decor Ideas for Curb Appeal

Five Front Door Decor Ideas for Curb Appeal

A new front door color not only injects your personality into your home’s exterior, but it can create an entirely new atmosphere for your space. While we all love a door that seamlessly blends into our home’s structure, it’s also a good idea to create a look that stands out.

Not only does a gorgeous, unique exterior boost your home’s market value, but it keeps your home from blending into the rest on the block. We’ve come up with some of our favorite front door colors to help your home stand out from the crowd.

1. Red: Power, Passion and Protection

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    At first glance, red may seem a bit much, but it’s quickly becoming the go-to exterior paint color for front doors of nearly all home styles. The color red is known to symbolize power, passion and strength, which is a great way to show off your personal style and bold choices.

    We recommend using dark gold hardware and minimal decor to help create a standout look. Tip: Red doors look especially beautiful on cool, medium-gray homes with white trim and houses featuring warm, dark tones like rich brown with metal cladding.

    2. Blue: Soothing, Serene and Satisfying

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      Blue doors rarely make their debut outside, but as an exterior color, blue is soothing and tonal. Aiding in curb appeal, the color blue is often found in some of the most beautiful things on Earth: the ocean, the sky or maybe even your favorite sports team’s jerseys. Blue is serene yet poignant, which makes it an excellent choice for a front door. Blue doors are an excellent addition to your exterior look, especially if your home is brick with a neutral trim or light and natural with weathered features.

      3. Black: Elegant, Easy and Exclamatory

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        While black might not be your first choice when considering a new exterior door, hear us out. Black is extremely versatile and can be both a neutral and a dramatic accent color. Black helps to hide aspects of your entry that you might not care for, while still highlighting your front door to the rest of the cul-de-sac. Black front doors are especially extraordinary when featured on homes with light, warm exteriors or dark, neutral coloring.

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        4. Purple: Regal, Rare and Romantic

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          The color purple has the ability to be soft and soothing or bold and boisterous, depending on its shade and where it’s placed. Some might say that purple is one of the most versatile shades for an exterior color palette, and we’d have to agree. The entry to your home should be attention grabbing, and what better way to do so than with a lovely shade of lavender or a gracious shade of grape?

          A light gray home is best complemented by a deep, dark purple for the perfect balance of restraint and regality. If your home is on the darker side, a medium gray, perhaps; we suggest opting for a saturated purple with a hint of red to warm up the exterior of your home and make it that much more inviting.

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          5. White: Clean, Composed and Calm

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            If your style is more neutral than statement-making, consider going for a classic color. White front doors make any entryway look clean and simple, and are the perfect way to differentiate your exterior from your neighbor’s. White doors look gorgeous on nearly every style of home, from cool and contemporary to buttoned-up and traditional.

            With so many looks to choose from, your new front door is bound to give your home an instant refresh. Which color palette are you leaning towards?

            To see a selection of the front doors mentioned in this article, visit The Home Depot.

            Featured photo credit: morgueFile via mrg.bz

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            Last Updated on July 10, 2020

            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

            We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

            We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

            So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

            Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

            What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

            Boundaries are limits

            —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

            Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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            Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

            Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

            Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

            How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

            Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

            1. Self-Awareness Comes First

            Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

            You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

            To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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            You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

            • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
            • When do you feel disrespected?
            • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
            • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
            • When do you want to be alone?
            • How much space do you need?

            You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

            2. Clear Communication Is Essential

            Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

            Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

            3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

            Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

            That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

            Sample language:

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            • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
            • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
            • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
            • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
            • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
            • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
            • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

            Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

            4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

            Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

            Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

            Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

            We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

            It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

            It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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            Final Thoughts

            Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

            Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

            Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

            The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

            Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

            Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

            They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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